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Content posted in August 2012
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Gulp! Digital Pill Monitors Medication Adherence
Anne Landry  
8/31/2012   7 comments
Anne Landry discusses an ingestible sensor the FDA recently approved and how it will help patients, families, and healthcare providers to monitor medication adherence.
Parting Is Such Sorrow Indeed
Monica Key  
8/31/2012   12 comments
Monica Key shares the pain (and joy) of moving on.
Beauty Hurts... Literally
Lori Smith  
8/31/2012   8 comments
Lori Smith shares her findings on the hidden carcinogens in cosmetics.
The Break Room: Fashion Rules Rule No More!
Stephanie Wiseman  
8/30/2012   18 comments
Community editor Stephanie Wiseman tells us we can throw out 10 fashion rules.
Thromboembolism: A Common Complication of Self-Care
Katherine Mitchell  
8/30/2012   6 comments
Katie Mitchell discusses a common oncological emergency thromboembolism and how Coumadin is widely used but carries with it complexities of use for the patient and healthcare provider.
Reiki Therapy for Nurses' Self-Care
Deborah A. Boyle  
8/30/2012   6 comments
Debi Boyle shares how Reiki therapy can help nurses to overcome stress, compassion fatigue, and burnout.
Nursing Burnout Related to Increased Number of Hospital-Acquired Infections
Dianna Ellison  
8/29/2012   9 comments
Dianna Ellison discusses a study that shows the high physical and financial price patients pay for nurse burnout.
When Patients Don’t Understand: Ways to Combat Health Literacy Problems
Anne Landry  
8/29/2012   12 comments
Anne Landry shares IOM's discussion panel on the paper "Ten Attributes of Health Literate Health Care Organizations" and highlights specific recommendations.
Above All, Have a Good Time
Nicole Haines  
8/29/2012   15 comments
Nicole Haines shares how reading about cancer is important to the oncology nurse, but now cancer has even crossed over into her pleasure reading.
More Information on How Cancer Cells Use Glucose
Stephanie Wiseman  
8/28/2012   7 comments
Community editor Stephanie Wiseman discusses a new study that shows the importance of cancer cell metabolism in tumor growth.
Boosting Energy the Healthy Way
Laura Newton  
8/28/2012   14 comments
Nutritionist Laura Newton offers some strategies to help your patients choose the food and drinks that will offer a lasting boost in energy without the side effects of energy quick fixes such as sugary foods and energy drinks.
An Atheist in the Foxhole
Rachel Odo  
8/28/2012   19 comments
Social worker Rachel Odo shares the experience of one patient who confronted the end of life purposely without faith or spirituality.
US Appeals Court Blocks Graphic Warning Labels on Cigarettes
Michelle Bragazzi  
8/27/2012   17 comments
Community editor Michelle Bragazzi shares a news report on the US Appeals Court ruling regarding cigarette warning labels.
Discussing End of Life: Providers Need to Catch Up to Their Patients
Julianna Paradisi  
8/27/2012   18 comments
Julianna Paradisi asks why we wait so long to implement palliative and hospice care.
What's Bugging You?
Katherine Trip  
8/27/2012   6 comments
Katherine Trip shares a patient story about the risks associated with multiple myeloma.
Pick Up the Phone
Kathy Vickers  
8/24/2012   9 comments
Kathy Vickers discusses the importance of phone calls when community referrals are needed.
Poor Adherence Continues With HPV Vaccination Completion
Lori Smith  
8/24/2012   10 comments
Lori Smith discusses the lack of HPV vaccination completion.
An ONC Community Member Needs Your Help
Michelle Bragazzi  
8/23/2012   12 comments
A reader asks whether icing hands and feet during a Taxol infusion will minimize peripheral neuropathy.
A New Twist on Grapefruit: Boosting Cancer Drug Benefits With Less Toxicity
Anne Landry  
8/23/2012   9 comments
Anne Landry shares new findings that grapefruit juice can be used as part of a chemotherapy regimen to dramatically lower the therapeutic dose needed and reduce the toxic side effects of treatment.
Internet Survivorship Resources
Deborah A. Boyle  
8/23/2012   9 comments
Debi Boyle shares how online support for cancer patients has evolved within three primary domains to serve emotional, informational, and companionship needs.
Sure, I Can Do That...
Nicole Haines  
8/23/2012   7 comments
Nicole Haines discusses how the nurse navigator can become a catch-all job and lose its intended purpose: meeting patient needs.
Drop in Male Circumcisions May Raise Cancer Risk, Healthcare Costs
Michelle Bragazzi  
8/22/2012   13 comments
Community editor Michelle Bragazzi discusses a warning from Johns Hopkins about the possible consequences if male circumcisions continue to decline.
Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plans: A True Story
Rachel Odo  
8/22/2012   11 comments
Rachel Odo shares a story of a woman diagnosed with advanced breast cancer who benefited from The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Unsolicited Advice
Sharlene Bidini  
8/22/2012   13 comments
Sharlene Bidini, an oncology dietician, discusses the appropriate time to bring up weight loss with a cancer patient.
Poverty & Cancer
Stephanie Wiseman  
8/21/2012   12 comments
Community editor Stephanie Wiseman ponders how we fix the one factor that up to 37 percent of cancer-related deaths among 27-to-64-year-olds in the United States have in common: poverty.
Remembering My Mentor
Monica Key  
8/21/2012   7 comments
Monica Key shares how the mentors in her nursing career helped shape her into the oncology nurse she is today.
Back to School: Advice for Patients With Prolonged Hospitalizations
Jess Keim-Malpass  
8/21/2012   10 comments
Jess Keim-Malpass gives four strategies to help nurses encourage pediatric and young adult patients (and their families) facing an extended time away from school because of a hospital stay.
Interview With Advance Practice Nurse Dennis Graham
Michelle Bragazzi  
8/20/2012   11 comments
Dennis Graham, RN, ANP, DNSc, nurse practitioner program director at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, discusses the importance of the advanced practice nurse in the clinical and academic settings.
I Feel Fuzzy: Breast Cancer & Memory Loss
Cathy Cole  
8/20/2012   9 comments
Cathy Cole discusses the phenomenon known as chemo brain and wonders how clinicians in your center handle this side effect.
Do You Have a Tool on Your Team?
Julianna Paradisi  
8/20/2012   22 comments
Julianna Paradisi discusses the idea of the "hammer" on a team, the person who bullies the rest of the team and doesn't seem to get reprimanded because, sadly, the hammer serves a purpose.
Breast Cancer Patients May Have Chemotherapy Option During Pregnancy
Michelle Bragazzi  
8/17/2012   9 comments
Community editor Michelle Bragazzi shares a report on chemotherapy during pregnancy and the effects on the newborn.
Free Webinar to Focus on Causes of Breast Cancer Inequities
Michael Kaufman  
8/17/2012   3 comments
Michael Kaufman shares information on a free Webinar from Breast Cancer Action on how race-related barriers serve as a contributor to breast cancer inequities.
Chemotherapy at the End of Life
Linda M. Gorman  
8/17/2012   9 comments
Linda Gorman discusses how to talk to a patient about pursuing chemotherapy at the end of life by talking about expectations throughout treatment.
The Break Room: Let's Get Crafty!
Stephanie Wiseman  
8/16/2012   20 comments
Community editor Stephanie Wiseman shares some ideas to help you get your crafty side motivated again.
Energy Drinks: A Good Way to Boost Energy?
Laura Newton  
8/16/2012   11 comments
Nutritionist Laura Newton discusses energy drinks and whether or not they are appropriate for use in cancer patients.
Cancer as a Chronic & Manageable Disease
Cathy Cole  
8/16/2012   7 comments
Cathy Cole shares an emerging trend among oncology experts and leaders: viewing and treating cancer as a chronic illness.
Pre-Test Genetic Counseling May Decrease Distress for Breast Cancer Patients
Michelle Bragazzi  
8/15/2012   6 comments
Community Editor Michelle Bragazzi shares a report regarding the benefit of pre-test genetic counseling for breast cancer patients.
Baby Shampoo & Carcinogenic Chemicals
Lori Smith  
8/15/2012   11 comments
Lori Smith discusses the reports of potentially carcinogenic chemicals present within baby shampoo.
Sadness vs. Depression
Rachel Odo  
8/15/2012   5 comments
Rachel Odo offers detailed descriptions to help you determine if a patient (or caregiver) is suffering from depression.
The Importance of Clinical Trials
Stephanie Wiseman  
8/14/2012   5 comments
Community editor Stephanie Wiseman discusses why clinical trials are worth the investment to patients, clinicians, and pharmaceutical companies.
Tough Decisions: Choosing Treatment Options
Katherine Mitchell  
8/14/2012   10 comments
Katie Mitchell discusses one of the toughest decisions she's ever had to make: helping a close friend choose her treatment path.
Forced to Fit
Joni Watson  
8/14/2012   11 comments
Joni Watson shares four tips to help you navigate a team that doesn't embrace its creative diversity.
Will Advance Practice Nurses Create Staff Nurse Shortages in Clinical Care Settings?
Michelle Bragazzi  
8/13/2012   17 comments
Community editor Michelle Bragazzi discusses the possibility of oncology staff nurse shortages while many transition to advanced care.
Parting Is Sorrow
Julianna Paradisi  
8/13/2012   9 comments
Julianna Paradisi shares the experience of connecting with a patient hours before his death and how an Advance Directive or POLST can be irrelevant in such situations.
Zaltrap: A New Colorectal Drug Approved by the FDA
Monica Key  
8/13/2012   10 comments
Monica Key shares the news about a newly approved drug for colon cancer, the fourth leading cause of death in the United States.
It's Not Just About the Pills
Jess Keim-Malpass  
8/10/2012   9 comments
Jess Keim-Malpass shares the valuable lesson she learned from an uncooperative patient on her first day back as a bedside nurse.
High Carbs, Sweets Linked to ER-Negative Breast Cancer in Postmenopausal Women
Michael Kaufman  
8/10/2012   4 comments
Michael Kaufman discusses a study that shows an increased risk among postmenopausal women with a high-carbohydrate diet.
The Late Effects of Cancer Treatment
Stephanie Wiseman  
8/9/2012   7 comments
Community editor Stephanie Wiseman discusses one issue of great concern for children survivors of cancer: late effects.
The Secret to Weight Management
Laura Newton  
8/9/2012   11 comments
Laura Newton shares the secret to successful weight management: a food journal.
The Mistake
Rachel Odo  
8/9/2012   17 comments
Rachel Odo talks about a medical mistake a young nurse made that could have helped an overly demanding patient family end her career, along with the other "mistake" the young nurse made: an apology.
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Webinar Series
Tuesday, October 29, 2013 12:00 PM EDT

Presented by Ellen T. Matloff, MS, CGC , this webinar will highlight:

  • How to determine which patients require genetic counseling
  • How to help prepare your patients for the genetic counseling process
  • Testing options that are now available
  • How you can utilize this data in managing your patients and their family members

Participants will also be able to ask questions during a live question and answer period with speaker Ellen T. Matloff, MS, CGC .

Wednesday, August 28, 2013 12:00 PM EDT
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 12:00 PM EDT
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 12:00 PM EDT
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